BOOK ‘Don’t let me Down’
Gaining an understanding of the individuality and vulnerabilities of people with Down Syndrome is a first and essential step to better comprehend what is going on inside the person. A lack of insight in their individuality often leads to expectations that are too high.
It is very important to recognize that people with Down Syndrome create some kind of script in their mind based on their own psychological need for structure.
It is beneficial to understand that while people with Down Syndrome have a remarkably open and accessible personality, they can also be more closed and difficult to connect with.
We also need to appreciate that people with Down Syndrome have language limitations that prevent them from expressing themselves clearly.
When they close up and get stuck, we can help them by approaching them gently and in a stepwise manner. We can help people with Down Syndrome by allowing them a bit more time to process, by preparing them for what to expect next, and, most importantly, by showing understanding.
The book paints a rich picture of the individuality and vulnerabilities associated with Down Syndrome. The reader will recognize those personality traits and find support in how to interact with people with Down Syndrome.
Karel De Corte graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) as a master in orthopedagogics and has been affiliated with Den Dries since 1991, a center in Evergem (Belgium) that supports adults with an intellectual disability.
He also provides freelance education and training on Gentle Teaching, the citizenship paradigm and has developed expertise about the singularity and vulnerabilities of people with Down’s syndrome.
In 2010 he published his first book “Eerst vasthouden, dan loslaten” and in 2016 the book “Maak me niet Down” was born.
In 2022 the English version “Don’t let me Down” is published.
The power of feeling understood. To me, that is the essence of this book. Approach people with Down syndrome as full human beings, even if they behave in a way we don’t understand or find difficult to cope with.
Some of the real-life stories in this book literally brought me to tears. One experiences how it feels to not be understood. Karel De Corte’s description of the life experience of a person with Down syndrome allows us to relate deeply to their feelings, experiences and best intensions.
… And that is what makes this book special. The book is more than worries and torment, it offers practical tools that work.
Gert de Graaf, Dutch Magazine DownUp, 2016
An ode to recognition and empathy. That is how I would describe Karel De Corte’s ‘Don’t let me Down’, a book meant for anybody who knows a person with Down syndrome.
… ‘Don’t let me Down’ offers practical and useful tips for parents, counselors and therapists alike…
The books is full of experiences, advice and scientific information. A must have for anybody who works with people with Down.
June Bragg, Dutch Magazine De Pedagoog, 2020